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Chairman of the Board
Graduate, University of Montevallo in Alabama. Michael Grainger retired in 2004 from the position of President and Chief Operating Officer of Ingram Micro Inc., the world's largest technology distributor. Prior to that, he was the company's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Earlier in his career, he held executive financial positions with two companies and served as a Certified Public Accountant with Price Waterhouse.
Vice Chairman of the Board
BBA University of Georgia Terry College of Business; MBA, Duke University Fuqua School of Business; Chairman, President & C.E.O. of Lee-Moore Oil Company in Sanford, NC; Chairman, Clean Burn Fuels, Board of Directors, Heart Center Board at Duke University Medical Center.
Graduate of the University of Minnesota and Harvard Business School. Managing Partner and member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of Advent International Corporation, a private equity firm. Served as an officer in the United States Navy and a Vietnam veteran. Formerly a CPA with a predecessor firm of Deloitte LLP, and Director of Manufacturing Finance for Prime Computer.
A graduate of St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana (B.A.) and Loyola University Chicago (Ph.D. in American history), Dr. Abroe teaches modern European and American history at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois. Among the boards/commissions to which she belongs are the board of directors of the Save Historic Antietam Foundation, and the Advisory Board of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine. She also is a past president of the Civil War Round Table of Chicago.
Trace Adkins is a Grammy-nominated Country Music singer who has produced a string of hits, including: "(This Ain't) No Thinkin' Thing," "The Rest of Mine," "Hot Mama," "Rough & Ready," "Arlington," "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk," "Ladies Love Country Boys,” “I Got My Game On,” “You’re Gonna Miss This,” “All I Ask for Anymore.” He is most familiar to film and television audiences from his runner-up performance on “Celebrity Apprentice,” and his recent appearance in The Lincoln Lawyer. His great-great-grandfather served in the 31st Louisiana Infantry before being wounded and taken prisoner at Vicksburg. These ancestral ties inspired Adkins to become involved in preservation.
MBA Graduate, University of California, Berkeley and BA graduate of the University of Redlands. He is the retired Vice President, Tax and Treasury of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. Was the Senior Vice President of Chase Manhattan Bank and before that, Senior Vice President and Treasurer of RJR Nabisco.
Don is a graduate of the University of Mississippi, 1967, and Ole Miss Law School, 1969. He is one of two partners of a fifteen-lawyer firm called Barrett Law Office, P.A.; involved in numerous high-profile laws suits on behalf of clients; awarded the Public Justice Achievement Award by Trial Lawyers for the Public Justice Foundation; provided the foundation donation for the University of Mississippi Center for Civil War Research and is active with the University of Mississippi Foundation.
Historian Emeritus of the National Park Service; Director's Special Assistant for Military Sites and former Chief Historian at the National Park Service; winner of history and preservation awards including the T. Harry Williams Award, the Bruce Catton Award, the Alvin Calman Award, the Bell I. Wiley Award, the Harry S. Truman Award for Meritorious Service in the field of Civil War History, and the CWPT Edwin C. Bearss Lifetime Achievement Award.
President of Greene Group, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, a privately held holding company; trustee, The University of Alabama System; director, Alabama Heritage Foundation; trustee, Museum of the Confederacy, Richmond, Virginia.
Founder & President, Buckley Muething Capital Mgmt. Co.; former Chair Bethlehem Steel Pension Trust; Chair St.Luke’s Hospital Investment Comm.; Trustee Woodrow Wilson Natl. Fellowship Foundation, National Episcopal Church Endowment; Cornell University B.A. 1960, M.B.A. 1962.
Former Executive Vice President, Finance and CFO at Anteon International Corporation. During his service in the United States Marine Corps, he was the recipient of several medals including the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts. He is a member of the Marine Corps Association Board of Advisors and Chairman of the Audit Committee, a founder of the Marine Corps Heritage Museum, and a graduate of the New York University Graduate School of Business.
Graduate of the University of Southern California, 1981; President and CEO of AIRTECH, an international family owned and operated company that manufactures carbon composite products for aviation, aerospace, solar power, race cars and marine industries; AIRTECH has plants in Los Angeles, China, the United Kingdom and Luxembourg; Jeff is an active lecturer at a number of LA universities on international business; Jeff is also heavily involved with two historic sites in Southern California: the Banning Museum House and the Drum Barracks.
Harvard MBA, 1978 and Colgate University BA, 1974. Investment banker, with Dillon Read and Co., Merrill Lynch, Prudential Securities and UBS, 1978-1999; Executive Vice President and CFO at Elot, Inc, 2000-2002. Private investor since 2002. Serves as Trustee with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History; Chairman of Out2Play, YC; Director, Visiting Nursing Service of New York; Director, Episcopal Social Services of New York, and Director of Royal Oak Foundation, a US affiliate of the UK National Trust. Bob is passionate about history and has visited most of the major Civil War battlefields as well as iconic battlefields throughout the world.
For almost 50 years Vince Dooley has had an enduring impact on the University of Georgia, Southeastern Conference, and collegiate athletics across the country, serving as head football coach at UGA from 1963-1989 and as Director of Athletics from 1979-2004. His contributions to coaching and athletics administration are defined by his place as the only person ever to hold the presidency of both the American Football Coaches Association and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. Dooley is the most successful coach in Georgia history and the ninth coach in NCAA Division I history with over 200 wins, including one national championship, six SEC titles and 20 bowl games. He is also the author of several books.
Lester G. “Ruff” Fant, III
Lester Glenn “Ruff” Fant, III, first joined the board of the Civil War Trust in 1994, serving until 2006, including a term as chairman from 1997–99. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and Harvard Law School and an active duty veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, rising to the rank of captain and earning a Navy Achievement Medal for his service. Highlights of his legal career include tenures as a partner at Cohen & Uretz and Sidley & Austin, where he sat on the executive committee, and 18 years as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center. Fant is presently the chairman of Galway III, LLC a specialty finance firm in Washington, D.C., and serves as a trustee of Sidwell Friend School, and on the Dean’s Advisory Board of Harvard Law School.
Chairman of the Board, NewMarket Corporation, the parent company of Afton Chemical and Ethyl Corporation. He was formerly President & CEO of Ethyl Corporation. Graduate of Virginia Military Institute, former President of VMI’s Board of Visitors. Currently serves on the boards of the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar and the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Engineering, both in Richmond. He also formerly served as a Director of Dominion Resources, James River Paper (now Georgia Pacific), CSX Corporation, Tredegar Industries, First Colony Corporation (now Genworth Financial), Albemarle Corporation, and the American Petroleum Council.
Graduate, University of Michigan, BA, with high honors; University of Chicago, MBA. Recipient of the inaugural 2011 Private Equity Manager Leadership Award, Founding Board Member of the Midwest Chapter of the Private Equity CFO Association, Member of the NVCA/CFO Task Force. Partner and CFO of Adams Street Partners, Chicago.
President, Civil War Trust; former partner, Miles and Stockbridge; former Secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation, Anne Arundel County Executive, and member of the Maryland Legislature.
Graduate of Westminster College in 1963; University of Texas Law School, 1969; represents many businesses in the oil and gas industry; formerly General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Devon Energy, Oklahoma City; partner with Mayer, Brown & Platt, NYC; Senior Vice President, Bankers Trust Company; partner with Hardesty, Whyte, Hemphill & Ligon, Washington, DC; partner, Bracewell & Patterson, Washington, DC; director with BlueKnight Energy Partners, Heritage Trust Company, Panhandle Oil and Gas, Post Rock Energy Partners and Pre-Paid Legal Services; U.S. Army, Captain, Military Intelligence, Vietnam; avid Civil War buff since he was 10; three ancestors with Civil War lineage.
Jeff McClanathan is a partner with Gregory, Sharer and Stuart, CPAs, St. Petersburg, Florida. He serves on the following: Strategic Planning Committee of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; Chairman and Board of Trustees President for the HTR Foundation; Board of Trustees, Canterbury School of Florida; Board of Trustees, All Children's Hospital.
John L. Nau, III, has previously served as the chairman of three top entities in the historic preservation realm — the national Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, the Texas Historical Commission and, from 2009–2011, the Civil War Trust. A graduate of the University of Virginia with a degree in history, Nau has endowed a chair in that department to ensure top-quality instruction on the subject of the American Civil War. He is the president and CEO, Silver Eagle Distributors, LP, the largest Anheuser-Busch distributor in the U.S., and has served on a broad spectrum of civic, community and philanthropic Boards in support of education, health and hospitals, inner city children, urban parks and conservation, including National Park Foundation, Greater Houston Partnership, The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, Texas State Historical Association and Admiral Nimitz Foundation.
Stephan F. Newhouse is the former President of Morgan Stanley & Co., an international investment bank and also former Chairman of Morgan Stanley International Inc, the holding company for all of Morgan Stanley’s non-North American subsidiaries.
Senior Lecturer, Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University; former Chairman & CEO, Hyperion Solutions Corp. Previous executive positions with Ingram Micro and Federal Express. Board member of Accelrys Corp. (San Diego) and Resource Interactive, LLC (Columbus). Member of President's Council, Colonial Williamsburg. Graduate, The Ohio State University (MBA, '76, BSME '75).
Former president and CEO, All Children's Health System, St. Petersburg, Florida; Past President, National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions; Chairman, Child Health Corporation of America; Trustee, HTR Foundation.
Graduate, Florida State University. Bestselling author of several books. His books Gods and Generals and To the Last Man were awarded the American Library Association's prestigious "William Young Boyd Award" for excellence in military fiction.
A graduate of the United States Military Academy (B.S., Civil Engineering and Military Science) and University of Florida (M.Eng., Environmental Engineering), Bob is a registered professional engineer in 14 states. He retired from MWH Global Inc., one of the world’s largest water engineering and construction global companies in 2012 after a 36 year career. In his last 12 years of service to MWH, he served as the Chairman and CEO and currently holds the title of Chairman Emeritus. During service in Viet Nam, Bob was awarded from combat action two Bronze Stars, six Combat Air Medals and two Army Commendation Medals. Presently Bob is the President/Owner of The Uhler Group which provides strategic advice and CEO mentoring for private equity firms’ portfolio companies. Bob also serves on the Board of the Smithsonian’s National American History Museum.
A graduate of the College of Wooster (Ohio) and Columbia University School of Law, William W. Vodra has held numerous significant positions in federal service, including Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in D.C., Assistant Chief Counsel for the Drug Enforcement Administration, and Associate Chief Counsel for Drugs to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. He has served on expert panels for the Institute of Medicine and written extensively on food and drug law. Vodra is currently Senior Counsel, Arnold & Porter LLP and has been instrumental in securing the firm’s pro-bono support for preservation issues. Vodra first joined the Trust board in 2005 and is currently serving his second term. He and his wife Dru have identified 21 direct and collateral ancestors who fought in the Civil War.
Since 2003, Susan Whitaker has served as commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, a cabinet-level position to which she has been appointed by three consecutive gubernatorial administrations. In 2013, she was named National Tourism Director of the Year by the U.S. Travel Association’s National Council of State Travel Directors. She also serves as the co-chair of Tennessee’s Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, Board Member for the Franklin Battle Trust, Secretary of the U.S. Travel Association’s Board of Director’s, Co-Chair of the Tennessee State Fair Commission and Member of the Smoky Mountains Park Commission. Although a Chicago native and graduate of Northwestern University, she is a direct descendent of Tennessee’s first Governor John Sevier.
Graduate, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Retired Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve. Most recently chief executive officer of Carret and Company, a New York-based advisory firm sold in 2004. Previously affiliated with Lynch & Mayer, Inc. as senior vice president of marketing and Franklin Templeton Investments as executive vice president. Trustee of Randolph-Macon Woman's College.